Australia's convict background might have provided an easy target in the past, but not any more.

The day has come when people are proud to have had a felon in the family.

Many people are now desperately searching for that convict link. And due to the demand, the State Library of NSW has set up a resource to help people in their search.

The Convict Research Guide focuses on people who came to the NSW penal colony as a convict during 1788 to 1823.

It links materials from throughout Australia and the world, including the National Library of Australia and the National Archives of Australia.